1. Pour hot water into the kettle.
In most circles “proper” pouring calls for a ratio between 10:1 to 15:1 of water to coffee. We believe the ratio that will produce the tastiest cup of coffee varies depending on the coffee and roast we are using. Generally we aim for 28 gm/1 oz of ground coffee for about 12oz of brewed coffee, which is roughly 12:1, or the sweet spot for the perfect cup of poured coffee.
2. Maintain water at 204 degrees.
Since the ideal water temperature is between 195-200 degrees we maintain our hot water heater just above that. By the time we add the hot water to the kettle and start the pour the water temp is within the ideal range.
3. Place filter in dripper.
We rinse the filter with hot water from the kettle. This neutralizes some of the unwanted flavor that the filter would otherwise add to our coffee while preheating both the dripper and coffee mug simultaneously. We let the filter drain and then pour out the water that collects in the cup.
4. Add fresh ground coffee.
We use a specific grind setting depending on the bean we are using. Generally speaking don’t want our freshly roasted beans to be ground too finely. It can result in clogging the filter and slowing the rate of extraction. For a 12oz cup of coffee we like the pour to take at least 2 minutes and no longer than 3 minutes.
5. Pour the water slowly.
It’s much easier to control the pour with our swan neck kettle. We start from the center of the mound of grinds and move outwards toward the edges of the dripper pausing as the dripper fills. Our freshly ground coffee produces what is know as the “bloom.” We wait approximately 30 seconds and repeat until we have our perfect cup of poured coffee.
So, if you’re like us and are a little particular about your coffee come visit one of our Achilles Coffee locations in Downtown San Diego and we’d be more than happy to pour you a perfect cup of coffee.